Hot Stone Therapy

Hot Stone Therapy is used to help you relax and ease tense muscles and damaged soft tissues throughout your body. During a hot stone massage, smooth, flat, heated stones are placed on specific parts of your body. These stones provide heat therapy to the muscles, which can help reduce tension and pain. The stones used in hot stone massage are typically basalt, volcanic rock that is usually high in iron, which allows them to absorb heat. Using hot stones in massage introduces the element of heat, which leads to many benefits:

 

  • Relieves Muscle Pain and Tension

    Hot stone massage can relieve pain and tension in your muscles due to the combination of massage therapy and heat. Heat is often recommended as a way to treat achy muscles. Applying heat to an area of the body helps increase blood flow to that spot, which improves healing. Using heat on muscle knots before massaging the area can make those knots easier to soothe.

  • Reduces Inflammation

    Inflammation happens when your body activates your immune system for tasks like attacking bacteria or healing damaged tissue. Sometimes, your body sends out these cells when it doesn’t need to, which can lead to chronic inflammation and autoimmune conditions. Both heat and massage can help manage inflammation.

  • Improves Flexibility

    Stiff joints and muscles limit your flexibility and make it hard to move. Heat and massage help loosen and relax these muscles, which can reduce pain and make it easier to move.

  • Improves Circulation

    Both heat and massage improve blood flow and increase circulation. This reduces pain and inflammation and promotes healing.

  • Reduces Stress and Anxiety

    Both heat and massage help you relax, but massage takes it a step further. Pressure, like from a massage, releases endorphins, which relax muscles, help you manage pain, and put you in a better mood.

  • Boosts Immune System

    Stress can lower your body’s ability to fight disease. The stress relief that massage therapy and heat offer can lower stress, letting your body build up your immune system again.

  • Improves Sleep

    Whether it’s the stress relief, the pain relief, or the endorphins, studies have shown that hot stone massage can improve sleep quality.